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A Leg Up (also known as Free Will) is a recurring endurance challenge in Survivor.


Castaways must balance a ceramic vase on the end of a balance beam with one leg. When they can no longer take the pain or lose their balance, their vase will drop and shatter, eliminating them from the challenge. The last person with an intact vase would win.


The challenge premiered as the final Redemption Island duel in Survivor: Redemption Island. Grant Mattos dropped out first, followed later by Redemption Island champion, Matt Elrod. It came down to Andrea Boehlke and Mike Chiesl, with Mike being unable to keep his vase balanced, allowing Andrea to became the first woman to win a duel and re-enter the game.

The challenge reappeared in Survivor: Blood vs. Water, as the final duel between Tina Wesson, Laura Morett, and Hayden Moss. Laura M. struggled throughout the challenge, though Hayden was the first out. Laura M. asked Tina to throw the challenge to her, but the latter said no. Laura M. dropped out second, giving Tina the win and allowing her to re-enter the game.

It reappeared as the final eight Reward Challenge in Survivor: Kaôh Rōng. In a twist, the castaways would only have to outlast the castaways who have chosen the same type of reward as them. Joe del Campo dropped out quickly, allowing Julia Sokolowski to win letters from home. Michele Fitzgerald was able to outlast Kyle Jason and Scot Pollard to win a plate of food and beer. Finally, Tai Trang outlasted Cydney Gillon and Aubry Bracco to win an advantage, later revealed to be an Extra Vote.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
Redemption Island
"Seems Like a No Brainer"
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Andrea Boehlke
Blood vs. Water
"It's My Night"
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Tina Wesson
Kaôh Rōng
"I'm Not Here to Make Good Friends"
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Julia Sokolowski
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Michele Fitzgerald
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Tai Trang



  • This is one of two recurring challenges that has appeared more times as a Redemption Island duel than it has as a regular challenge, the other one being Game of Bridge.
  • Both times the challenge was used as a duel, it was the last duel of the season.
  • Tai Trang is the only man to win this challenge.


Recurring Challenges
A Bit Tipsy · A Crate Idea · A Leg Up · A Numbers Game · Air Raid · Angry Chair · Around the Bend · Back in Slack · Balancing Point · Ballin' A Jack · Barrel Bridge · Barrel of Monkeys · Basket Brawl · Better Homes and Island Living · Beyond the Wheel · Blind Leading the Blind · Blue Lagoon Bustle · Blue Plate Special · Boats, Brains & Brawn · Bone to Pick · Boulder Smash · Bow Diddley · Box Your Mind · Braille Maze · Broken China · Buggin' Out · Build It Up, Break It Down · Butch Cassidy · By Any Means Necessary · By the Numbers · Can't Buoy Me Love · Cannonball Run · Caught in the Web · Cell Block Sea · Challenge Pitch · Chief's Choice · Chimney Sweep · Chinese Zodiac Symbols · Choose Your Weapon · Coconut Juice · Crate Escape · Crocodile Rock · Crosswalk · Cube Crisis · Dear Liza · Dive Masters · Domino Effect · Draggin' the Dragon · Dragging the River · Drop A Log · Dulcimer Stomp · End of the Line · Fallen Comrades · Fast Fire · Faulty Towers · Fauxconut Bowling · Fire and Water · Fire Fighter · Float Your Boat · Floating Puzzle · Game of Bridge · Gatecrasher · Get a Grip · Get Barreled · Get Hooked · Get Your Goat · Gimme Three Steps · Great Escape Run · Hands on a Hard Idol · Hear About It Ladder · Hot Pursuit · House of Cards · House of the Holey · Idol Hands · Jail Break · Jump Shot · Jungle Love · Jungle Relay · Kamikaze · Keel Hauling · Keep It Up · Keep on Your Toes · Kicking and Screaming · Kitty Litter · Know Your Loved One · Ladder Tree Golf · Last Gasp · Letter Hunt · Lock, Load and Light · Lock Step · Log Jam · Losing Face · Mask Match · Matchmaker · Matt Finish · Memory · Mud Pack · Mud Slide · Muddy Waters · New School · New Tribe Member · Nut Bucket · O-Black Water · Odd Shaped Bottoms · Operation Balance Build · Out on a Limb · Over-Extended · Paddle Battle · Paddle Out · Perch · Pilfering Pirates · Piranha Feast · Pole Dancing · Pot Head · Push Me, Pull You · Puzzle Dig · Pyramid Scheme · Q and A · Quest for Fire · Race to Shore · Ram-Ball On · Rescue Mission · Rice Race · Rise and Shrine · Rock Bottom · Rock n' Roll · Rod Screw-It · Roll With It · Roller Ball · Running Down a Dream · · Sacrificial Lamb · Schmergen Brawl · Sea Crates · Sea Legs · Sea Salvage · Shipwrecked · Shoot 'n' Shuffle · Shooting Gallery · Shoulder the Load · Simmotion · Slip, Slide & Score · Slither Me Timbers · Smash and Grab · Snag, Drag and Bag · Snake in the Grass · Snake Island Relay · SOS Signal · Spear-it Hunt · Spit It Out · Splash Back · Sprung A Leak · Squared Off · Squatty Probst · Stacked Up · Stairway to Heaven · Stairway to the Stars · Station By Station · Step on Up · Stomp-ede · Strung Out · Sumo at Sea · Survivor Auction · Survivor History · Survivor Pentathlon · Survivor Quiz Show · Swahili Scramble · Swing Break · Temple Transfer · The Ball Drop · The Cruel Sea · The Game is Afoot · The Gauntlet · The Home Stretch · The Maze · The Obstacle Course · This Much · Thrash, Splash & Bash · TLP O-Course · Tomb Raider · Troubled Water · Uncomfortably Numb · United We Stand · Vampire Bats · Vertically Challenged · Vertigo · Wall to Wall · Well Stacked · What-er Drag · When It Rains, It Pours · Wicker Flicker · Will It Go Round · Witch Hunt · Wrist Assured · Yank Your Hank · You Shook Me